Last night, as you may be aware, was a Supermoon full moon. According to Wikipedia “In astrology, a supermoon is a full or new moon that coincides with a close approach by the Moon to the Earth.” Every fisherman I know (including Willie) was at the seaside, because as every fisherman knows the full moon and its effect on the tides, also increases the chances of some good catches. According to Willie (and I don’t know if this is based in fact), a Supermoon therefore was going to be totally awesome!
So while the guys were off playing with the fish, I decided to try my hand at moon photography. It was a beautiful, cloudless night here. I was thinking: how hard can it be? The answer is: it is hard! To get a photograph like Mike from Tau Zero (see here), you have to have good equipment and talent! I found myself to be lacking in both areas.
So last night I learned that:
- Taking good photos of the moon is hard. Besides the lack of talent, I was using a basic camera (a point-and-shoot with a manual mode which allows you to change the ISO, shutter speed and aperture). With no tripod i.e. trying to focus was not easy.
- Mike knows what he is doing! His settings worked the best (of all the tips re: moon photography I had read), even for the camera I was using.
- There are much more detailed and better photos online. If I wanted a good photograph of the moon, that’s where I’d go to get one.
- Just taking photos of the moon with no background can get boring. I found these photographs from somebody calling themselves NikonGranny (see here). My favourites of hers are: Iowa Moon, Moon and Mooning Geese She likes the moon too, but photographs it in context. Which is probably more my thing. In fact looking at her photographs I think she’s actually trying to photograph birds, and the moon just gets included in the photos!
- I prefer photographing other things. I really think that with my limited talent and equipment, I should stick to day-time photography, and the things I’m familiar with i.e. plants, animals, bugs, spiders . . .
- Rosie gets bored very quickly being a camera assistant. She loves being outside with me, but if it doesn’t involve interacting with her, she becomes a pest and gets in the way.
- Mosquito repellent is a must for night-time photography. There were lots of mosquitoes out last night, and they all loved me!
These are my best efforts . . . you are warned not to expect too much.